The Shigir Idol was found in Siberia in the 1890s in a peat bog.
They recently discovered it is 11,000 years old. The mysterious script on its surface has yet to be deciphered. Interestingly, it has the "T" shaped nose/brows that we see in potential ancient giant sculptures.
It is now considered the oldest wooden sculpture in the world.
It stands over 17 feet tall!
Source: While the messages remain 'an utter mystery to modern man', it was clear that the figure’s creators 'lived in total harmony with the world, had advanced intellectual development, and a complicated spiritual world', he said.
The markings and hieroglyphics could have multiple meanings for the ancient statue-makers who gave the idol seven faces, only one of which is three-dimensional, say academics.
'If these are images of spirits that inhabited the human world in ancient times, the vertical position of figures (one above the other) probably relate to their hierarchy,' said author Petr Zolin, citing scientific work by Svetlana Savchenko, chief keeper of Shigir Idol, and Zhilin.
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